An archipelago in Indonesia and eastern Papua New Guinea was hit by earthquakes of 6.1 and 7.6 on the Richter scale, respectively, today. This was reported by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC).
The center said that the earthquake, which hit the eastern region of New Guinea, occurred at a depth of 80 kilometers. The US Oceanographic and Meteorological Agency (NOAA) issued a tsunami warning within 1,000 kilometers of the epicenter, but it has since been withdrawn.
Locals reported damage to buildings near the coastal city of Madang and other inland areas. No further losses were recorded.
The US Geological Survey recorded the earthquake, 66 km east of the city of Kainanto and a depth of 90 km. The tsunami warning applies within a radius of 1000 km from the epicenter. So far, there have been no reports of injuries or damage.
Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern part of the island of New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean.
Earlier today, an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck near the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia. The quake occurred at a depth of 40 kilometers, according to the Environmental Management Center.
On Saturday, the Indonesian province of Papua, located in the western part of the island, was hit Various earthquakes. The island is located in the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire,” a horseshoe-shaped region where about 90 percent of all earthquakes occur.
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